Compared to Haiti, corporations are rushing to donate to Japan, where they have more colleagues and customers. The American people not so much.
According to a comparison of post disaster donations by the Business and Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, companies from around the world have donated, pledged, matched, or offered in-kind services of $277.5 million to Japan relief in the first month. That's compared to $146.8 million to Haiti, to date.
So why the difference? There are a few reasons.